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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Shark & Ray Touch Pool (Ocean Voyager)

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Western Pacific from the coast of New Guinea to northern Australia. It also may occur in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands.
  • Found in shallow waters among coral reefs and tide pools.
  • Depth ranges to about 164 feet (50 m).  

Physical Characteristics

  • Small and slender with a short snout and nasal barbels.
  • Body is yellow to brown in color with widely spaced dark brown spots.
  • Large black ocellus (eyespot or eye-like marking) on either side of its body above each pectoral fin.
  • Reaches a maximum length of about 42 inches (107 cm).

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of shrimp, crab, small fish and worms. 

Reproduction / Growth

  • Oviparous; female lays eggs in pairs

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Nocturnal. 
  • Muscular pectoral fins enable it to walk along the bottom.
  • Large dark spots located above its pectoral fins, when seen from above, can be mistaken for eyes of a much larger fish and therefore protects this shark from predators. 
  • Individual trapped in tide pools by the receding tide can survive several hours with little or no oxygen.
  • Current research studies are exploring how the shark manages so well with little or no oxygen. Researchers believe findings may help in the treatment of stroke victims and conducting difficult surgeries.

Sources

www.fishbase.org
www.montereybayaquarium.org
www.peteducation.com
www.marinebio.com
www.marinedepotlive.com